Publication Date: 1998-02-01
Based on a museum exhibition (Potosí: Colonial Treasures and the Bolivian City of Silver) —the first ever to be organized on this subject— aimed at illuminating the long and complex history of Potosí, presenting works of art created there from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. It included paintings and polychrome sculptures of religious subjects, and elaborate liturgical and secular silver objects. Important artists of the colonial period were represented in the exhibition: with paintings by Melchor Pérez Holguín, Gaspar Miguel Berrío, and Luis Niño; sculptures by Gaspar de la Cueva, and many works by unknown artists. The exhibition also featured objects reflecting Potosí's importance as a mining center, including early topographical views and manuscript pages depicting smelting operations.